Create a colorful nook with this simple arrangement of easy-care plants.

Sometimes less is more. This garden plan for creating a corner of perennials features a small collection of low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants that pack a big floral punch. Starting with catmint and Siberian iris in spring, and going right into fall with late-blooming stonecrop, you'll have plenty of flowers to enjoy all season long. Tuck this garden into a corner by your patio or plop it in the middle of the lawn; these plants will put on a show wherever they can get at least six hours of sunlight daily. If you want to add some extra color in early spring, plant a few varieties of your favorite spring-flowering bulbs among the perennials.

detail of shasta daisies leucanthemum x superbum
Credit: Peter Krumhardt

Plants for Creating the Corner of Perennials Garden Plan

  • 1 White boltonia (Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’): Zones 3-9
  • 3 Jupiter's beard (Centranthus ruber var. coccineus): Zones 4-9
  • 2 Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’): Zones 3-9
  • 2 Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Blue Wonder’): Zones 3-9
  • 1 Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Alaska’): Zones 4-9
  • 2 Stonecrop (Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’): Zones 3-9
  • 1 Siberian iris (Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’): Zones 3-9

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.

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